WikiLeaks released a video showing footage of U.S. soldiers indiscriminately gunning down Iraqis from an Apache helicopter gunship.
U.S. soldiers are heard laughing while shooting down over a dozen Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists.
Wikileaks exposed the stuff that governments don't want exposed.
The Reuters journalists who were killed by U.S. troops were Namir Nour El Deen, age 21, and Saeed Chmagh, age 40.
The US army had, wrongly, claimed that the helicopter had been fired at
The Pentagon Papers were a history of the US’s involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, who had worked on the study. The papers revealed secret actions by the US state which laid bare dirty tricks and provocations.
A 1996 article in The New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers demonstrated that the Johnson Administration "systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress". Nixon had Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist burgled in an attempt to smear him.
Britain and France have got a lot to answer for.
Secretly. In 1916 Britain and France drew map of the Middle East in a way that suited their own interests and not the interest of locals. Many of today's Mid East problems stem from this.
In 1916 Britain and France had extensive imperial interests in the area and their carving up of the region has left a legacy of instability and violence. The Sykes/Picot secret Treaty has been a disaster for those who live there. Sykes was a Boris Johnson type figure
Leon Trotsky was Commissioner for Foreign Affairs.
He made the Sykes/Picot Treaty known to the whole world.
It was the Wiki Leaks of it's day.
Call it Bolshileaks.
It blew the lid on the whole business of secret diplomacy which ignored those who would be affected.
Agreed between France and Britain in 1916 the Sykes/Picot Treaty was secret. The treaty became knownbecause of events in Russia. The Bolsheviks came to power in October 1917. One of their first acts was to make public secret treaties that the Tsarists had been in on.
The Balfour Declaration of 1917, like Sykes/Picot was secretive.
It was driven by British imperial interests.
Having a Jewish Palestine, as part of the empire, was seen as strategic.
"Britain could take care of the Holy Places better than anyone else." Lloyd George
"We've broken Sykes-Picot" yelled Islamic State fighters as they bulldozed the border between Syria and Iraq.
Middle East is a modern term for an area of ancient civilisation.
The description only became current during WW1.
The Ottomans were destroyed in 1918 and ME covered Ottoman and Arab provinces.
ME no sense in India as it's to their west.
Sykes/Picot drew lines on maps and created countries that made no sense only serving the interests of their respective countries, UK and France.
There was no regard for religious or linguistic sensitivities.
Iraq was a nonsensical mix of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites.
The Sykes/Picot carve up.
It was all about British and French interests.
It was kept secret because Britain wanted to keep the Arab population onside against the Ottomans ( Turks ).
The Bolsheviks blew the lid in by making documents public.